Location
Columbia, SC
Undergrads
21,646
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2669 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Since we're located in Downtown Columbia, there is lots of really good restaurants relatively close to campus.

3 College Senior

Facilities: I work full-time so it's rare for me to find time to attend school functions, but there are always events going on. Every day there is at least 4 to 5 different things students can get involved in.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Being in the south, it's impossible to avoid a little unacceptance to minorities, but on campus most students are very open and accepting. Campus is filled with all kinds of diverse students from all over, and there are many clubs and groups specifically for minorities.

3 College Senior

Facilities: It's harder to fit in if you're a transfer student

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Nightlife on campus is pretty much what you expect. There are a lot of bars in Five Points, but it is pretty dangerous when you are not in a big group. The Vista is also nice, but it is usually frequented by older students and young professionals.

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3 College Junior

Parking: Parking on campus is okay. You definitely need to come at least 20 minutes early so you can find a parking spot. It's pretty expensive to park in a garage and the money will pile up if you pay to park where there is a meter. The best option is to try to live close to campus or in a dorm so you can walk to classes.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is wonderful in Columbia,SC. Columbia is not only a "college-town" for the University of South Carolina it is a medium-sized city and the capital of the state. There are endless things to do. Whether its going out to the bars in five-points or the vista or shopping. If you're wanting something outdoorsy there are several parks and also the Riverwalk where there is a huge walking trail that is literally right beside the river.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: There are several different freshman dorms on campus. However, they is now a lot of construction under-way to revamp the dorms which is greatly needed. There are dorms that are just like apartments where you have your entire private room and small kitchen, and there are dorms that are the size of some people's closets. There is definitely a large variety of the types of dorms. Anywhere you live, however, youre just a walk away from the russell house and cafeteria. Some dorms, even have their own cafes in them. Also, just a short walk to five points and the bars.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: There are several resources that students at the University of South Carolina can use as far as safety and security. There are night-time shuttles to pick up and drive students anywhere they need on campus so they don't have to walk by themselves in the dark. There are security posts through-out the entire campus. Also, if you need an escort to walk you to your car at night then you can call USC police department. I give the safety and security a B- though because in the past few years there has been many armed robberies and even a sexual assult that occured and the student body was not alarmed by text messaging until a day after.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are several unique options of off-campus dining near five points which is just a walk from campus. Grouchos Deli, Salty-Nut Cafe, Pawley's Restaurant all have unique charms to them and have amazing food. All of them have student discounts or specific nights for happy hours and half of deals. Pawley's burgers can be very expensive but very much so worth it. If you're looking for something closer to campus and a little bit cheaper, there is Moes, Which-Which, fire-house, a pizza joint, and the everyly so famous "Yog-hut for some froyo"

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: lots of bars and house parties. Greek life is huge

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Everyone but freshman live off campus, you have to sign early to get the place you want and a lot of places don't grauntee you get to live with the people you request. Every place has a pool and are relatively close to campus

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are huge. Especially football. GO COCKS! There's so much school spirit between tailgating and attending games. Every sport no matter what always has a huge crowd and it's always a good time.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: Lots of people bring their own laptops so the labs are not usually too crowded, except during exams. Good quality, mostly Apple. Lots of printers available for everyone

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: pretty good, lots of fast food and pizza places. Bojangles and waffle house

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Columbia is a big city that still is proud to host the University of South Carolina. There is much to do to make a student's life fun.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Campus police work to provide safety, but there is a lot of fun happening just a few blocks away.

3 College Senior

Majors: The first internship that I have had that has taught me about interacting with clients and running them through fitness tests.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There is a wide variety of both girls and guys here at South Carolina. There is a person and a group that every one is sure to fit into.

3 College Senior

Majors: I didn't really have any troubles getting into my program. There are no special applications or processes to go through. There are two practicums that you must complete to finish the program, but these seem to be very beneficial to your career aspects.

3 College Senior

Majors: I am an exercise science major at school. I started out in engineering and ended up as an exercise science major. I am very happy where i ended up. There are many options that I have access to as far as career options. Healthcare workers are always needed and I will be happy to get a job where I am in a position to help.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a main look at the University of South Carolina, and that is Southern Prep. This look is all across college campuses in America I'm sure, but in the warm weather of the south you can wear almost anything all the time. The downside to this is that you feel you need certain clothes to fit in sometimes, like owning the Lilly dress.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There isn't much drug use unless you go to a party. There is more of a drinking scene downtown than doing drugs in a room.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: School spirit is huge at the University of South Carolina because we have a top-ranked football team. Being a Gamecock unites everyone who attends the university, making campus a comfortable and homey place to be. For those who aren't involved in the athletics program, we have a state-of-the-art gym available to all students, complete with a three-story rock wall.

4 College Junior

Majors: I enjoy my major. It is challenging but not impossible. My classes are generally in the business school which provides some unique experiences and opportunities not found in other degree programs. I absolutely love that my major offers me different options for how I want to learn and pursue my degree. I can take the theory route, the academic route, the quantitative route, the business route etc.

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Gregory Goetz
Hometown
Fort Mitchell, KY
Major
Media Arts/Entrepreneurial Business
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If there is one word to describe the experiences you will have at USC, it would have to be "unforgettable." Being away from home for the first time at USC is both exciting and scary at times, but the freedom you get when you come here feels natural. It makes you wonder why they don’t send people to college sooner! Academically, there are courses and professors who can make you look at things in ways you never considered before. Facts and figures will be thrown at you, but some of the professors (and your peers) can teach you a lot about life as well. It’s also a very cool thing to see laid-back professors who will sometimes move their classes out onto the Horseshoe lawn.

On top of this, with such a large student population, you will inevitably form new relationships that will last a lifetime. As at any college, the quality of the experience depends on what you put into it. There are thousands of new people to meet, tons of activities going on, and things to learn both in and out of class. Those who don’t take advantage of these opportunities will not get a lot out of their experience here. Some students get tired of being at USC after a while, and some hate it from the start for whatever reason. USC is not the place for everyone, but overall, students seem to be thoroughly enamored with Carolina and wouldn’t trade their title of Gamecocks for anything in the world. There seems to be an aura of its own inherent to the University, and its welcoming vibe is infectious.

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